Visual Journeys in South American Culture

My time in the Amazon just became even more enriching! I’ve made good friends with a few of the tourists here. I just so happened to be talking to one of them about my love of art galleries and museums. With the location we’re in, you can imagine that it’s a little challenging to find one nearby.

Museu de Arte De Sao Paulo

61064466_dfacaa20c8[1]Also known as  MASP, this Brazilian museum is the first one we ventured into upon arriving in Sao Paulo. From what I learned, MASP is one of the most influential and vital art museums in South America.

This museum, which means Culture Shock, was the first gallery we discovered. Before we found the gallery, we kept seeing these elaborately vibrant murals that seemed to be painted on select buildings. We later found out that the street art was a small representation of the young art culture brewing just under the surface. I really enjoyed observing the work of Daniel Melim who had a comic-book style pieces that also carried a lot of free-thinking concepts. As I sat down to take in the entire exhibition that I was admiring, I found that fresh inspiration had even spilled into the cushions that secured my seat. The fresh creativity that these young artists are bringing to Brazil is very promising!

Casa  Triangulo

casa-triangulo-08-2[1]After getting a taste of how the museums were in Sao Paulo, we decided to visit another gallery more on the edgy and contemporary side. This museum has been around for over 25 years and is an equally significant contribution to the visual arts as well. This gallery is well known for nurturing and merging the careers of numerous artists who have now made a name for themselves in the contemporary art industry. Casa Triangulo was also the forerunner in capitalizing on art fairs on a more global scale.  One of the artists that I absolutely loved was Assume Vivid Astro Focus. Their use of geometric shapes, pulsating colors and transcendental atmospheres really seemed to transport me to another space in time that may have been happening all at once!

Galeria Fortes Vilaca

galeria-fortes-vilac3a7a-em-sc3a3o-paulo-e28093-os-gemeos-e28093www-osgemeos-com-br[1]Last but not least, we visited another art gallery in Sao Paulo to end our visual expedition. Similar to Casa Triangulo, this museum features contemporary art that also supports the talent of Brazilian artists but on a higher international scale. Another one of their missions is to feature more artists from around the world.  The number of exhibitions and artists they had was almost overwhelming to say the least!

Exploring the cities of Brazil was so invigorating! After we finished marveling at museums and galleries, we grabbed some delicious Brazilian food for dinner while joining the dance and laughter sprinkled across the street. This region of the country is shaping up to be one of my favorites!

Photographic Hotel Adventures in the Amazon


You know, it blows my mind that so many people have yet to explore the world! There are so many people scared to take a leap and get out of their comfort zone for a little while. They are afraid of the unknown and what new experiences await them. I used to be one of those people until I started discovering my passion for photography. This is one of the reasons why I love what I do. Through the images that I capture, I’m thankful that I’m able to give others a little glimpse of what they’re missing! With just a click of the shutter, I’m able to let them peek into a part of the world that they may have always been curious about. I guess this unlimited fuel of purpose that I possess is what landed me in the elusive location of the Amazon where I’ve currently been residing for the last week or so. So it’s with my trusted (and a little dog-eared leather travel wallet that I set out on this adventure to the Amazon

It is truly like paradise on Earth here! I’m staying at the Hotel Ariau Amazon Towers, which just happens to be one of the biggest treetop hotels worldwide! Yes, I said treetops! Imagine waking up in a tree to the sight of the sun beaming down on you through the tall, lush trees. The beautiful songs of exotic birds and other rainforest wonders is the blissful reality I get to awaken to.

I was commissioned here to take some beautiful images of the various natural homes here. This would be my most unique job yet, as the homes are actually in the Amazon rainforest! I am truly honored to be in this sacred place. Usually when I am shooting for home and lifestyle magazines, I am amongst lavish furnishings, contemporary styles and breath-taking appliances. This time around, the magazine I am shooting for is going for more of a culturally authentic lifestyle appeal. Since I still have a few days to really take in my environment before I officially start work, I want to take some time and tell you guys about the adventures I’ve already had while staying at this hotel.


My Lovely Abode

Upon arriving to my home for the next few weeks, I was already in awe at what my eyes were seeing. I think every adult at some point of their lives has always wondered what life would have been like if they actually finished making their childhood treehouse. I’m convinced that I’ve seen that vision now and my inner child is very content! I loved the aged wooden look my home gave me, as well as the tree itself to always keep me company. Before completely settling in, my tour guide gave me a rundown of everything that was available to me. My treetop home included a spacious deck with benches, chairs and even a table set. Inside of my home was a beautiful canopy bed with other much-needed furnishings. The view I had was simply unbelievable and I couldn’t help but turn my jungle residence into a private set for a mini-shoot. For once, I wanted to experience shooting my own home and lifestyle environment. The finished products were nothing short of amazing. I’m thinking to include my hotel room into my portfolio as samples for prospective clients who reside in these types of areas. I may be onto something!

Attractions Galore!

Now there are a lot of great features that Hotel Ariau provides that just makes my experience here that much more memorable. Being that my hotel room is always in the jungle, it’s very convenient for me to explore the world around me. The other day, I went on an Amazon rainforest excursion with a few other tourists and saw things I could only dream about! I really gave my camera a workout while I hiked and observed the various exotic animals. I also took a canoe ride and enjoyed a beautiful night show put on by the natives.

I am so excited to professionally seize the moment and capture the lifestyle of the people who live here. By now, I hoped I’ve challenged you to think about exploring the world and just immersing yourself in the environment. If you’re feeling daring, check out the website for the hotel I’m staying at. We were put here to live and experience, so have fun! I’m off to enjoy a nice feast of Brazilian cuisine.  Live life to the fullest!

The Difference between Being a Lifestyle Photographer and a Photojournalist

I’m back again with more adventures of the Amazon to tell you about! I just woke up about an hour ago and had an amazing session of group meditation with some of the other tourists here. My first home and lifestyle shoot here last week was nothing short of incredible and I really got the chance to learn more about the Amazonian culture.

Definition of a Lifestyle Photographer

picA lifestyle photographer specializes in the art of capturing uninterrupted moments in a creative way. They seize the moment and allow the events in front of them to unfold beautifully so that they can display a different story every time. Lifestyle photographers have the advantage of capturing people in their natural environments. Instead of worrying about setting up the shot or directing the individuals in the shot to act a certain way, a lifestyle photographer can shoot their clients while they do normal everyday things  which adds to the main element of this genre. The simplest thing, such as a woman standing on a chair and adjusting her wall clock, has the potential to turn into an intriguing story.  Similarly, a shot of a middle-aged man carefully adjusting the arm of his rustic old record player can be a powerful image.

Because everyone has a different lifestyle, it really helps to diversify what the lifestyle photographer shoots and eventually what ends up in his portfolio. Take me for example. Although most of my work is based in the US and the UK, I still have opportunities to shoot lifestyles that are beyond the norm of traditional standards. Another element that defines a lifestyle photographer is the component of shooting the entirety of any and every emotion that decides to show up at any given time. It’s pretty common to assume that this particular genre only captures the happy times full of laughter and love, but it’s important to also be aware of the fact that there will be some shots captured that portray the darker side of life that can sometimes grip the viewer in an intense way. In a nutshell, a lifestyle photographer embraces the full spectrum of life.

Definition of a Photojournalist

Steve-McCurry-India-Monsoon-3-540x405[1]A photojournalist ventures more into the current events that happen within society through the eyes of human experience. Although they can tell a compelling story similar to lifestyle photographers, they have a different angle to what they are trying to portray. The main element that they operate from is to make sure that the story they create through their images delivers and confirms facts. Like lifestyle photographers, a photojournalist also has the freedom of shooting events in their rawest forms, with no need to pretend or set up a shoot. Their angle, however, is unique in that one of their main focuses are on capturing the aspects of life that most may not be aware of, such as wars and desolate conditions. To take it even further, photojournalists are responsible for shooting facts in action so that the visual story they create helps the many readers and viewers connect with human experiences different from they’re own. Recently, this genre of photography has transcended its original role and has started to evolve into more multimedia and film mediums through the press and newspapers.

So there you have it folks! Although lifestyle and photojournalist photography can sometimes have a thin line of similar definition, both genres contribute to society in an incredible way. It’s now time for me to jump back on the horse and start to set up for the next lifestyle shoot session. I better move fast; the rain clouds are swiftly approaching!

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As an established name in the wedding industry, we here at Picotte Weddings are proud to announce the arrival of our new site. With this re-launch comes a swathe of new offerings as we seek to be the very best wedding service in Sydney.

Over the years, Max helped hundreds of couples celebrate their most special of days and with daughters Chloe and Georgia joining the family business it is time to expand our service so that many more couples can enjoy a new level of service.

Max is of course the core of our wedding planning service. With his years of experience he understands the needs of couples and indeed the opportunities available within Sydney. His specialisation is bespoke, traditional weddings that place the emphasis and focus upon the couple first. Max uses the beautiful backdrop of the city to highlight the love of his clients and is able to organise everything for your wedding all the way down to flowers, music, receptions and even honeymoon locations.


Chloe is a celebrated photographer with years of experience in fashion and wedding photography. Chloe brings to the team a wealth of information and an uncanny eye for beauty. She has helped hundreds of couples capture timeless elegance and love in her photography.

Georgia is the youngest of the Picotte team though is already making herself well-known in the wedding planning industry. As a regular offsider to Max, Georgia is developing her wedding planning skills at an amazing pace as she looks to become the head of Picotte Wedding planning in the future. In addition to this, Georgia also offers her incredible cinematography skills and has videoed countless weddings through he family business.

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